Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 45

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Core Courses
CSCD 5411Psycholinguistics3
CSCD 5730Topics in Speech, Language and Hearing (2 terms)6
PHIL 5216Philosophy of Science3
Research and Statistics Courses 1
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5201Epidemiological Research Methods I3
EPBI 8012Multivariate Biostatistics3
EPBI 8212Grantsmanship in Health Research3
HRPR 5999Research Experience in Health Professions0
Select five courses from the following: 2
CSCD 5521
Foundations in Child Language Disorders
CSCD 8726
Management of Child Language Disorders
CSCD 8727
Written Language Development and Disorders
EPBI 8201
Structural Equation Modeling
EPBI 8204
Multilev Mod in Int Res
EPBI 8208
Data Management and Analysis
PSY 8005
Affective Neuroscience
PSY 8513
Cognitive Development
Non-Didactic Courses
CSCD 9994Preliminary Examination Preparation1
CSCD 9998Pre-Dissertation Research 32
CSCD 9999Dissertation Research 43
Total Credit Hours45

Other courses may meet this requirement if approved by mentor, Ph.D. Program Director, and department chair.


Alternate elective courses must be approved by the Ph.D. Program Director.


Students enrolled in CSCD 9998 must take 2 credits each term until the dissertation proposal is approved and filed with the Graduate School.


Students enrolled in CSCD 9999 must take a minimum of 3 credits after approval of the proposal and be enrolled for at least 3 credits each term until the dissertation is defended and filed with the Graduate School.

Culminating Events:
Preliminary Examination:
The preliminary examination serves as a prospectus/proposal to the dissertation. The typical preliminary examination consists of a fully referenced introduction (20-30 pages) followed by a proposed method section that will guide the candidate’s dissertation study. In conjunction with the preliminary examination, a student must submit a journal-quality article for peer review. The student must pass the preliminary examination in no more than two attempts. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the exam on a pass/fail basis. All judgments are by committee consensus.

The dissertation is an original study that makes a significant and publishable contribution to the field. It should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature of the area of investigation. It should also be of sound and rigorous methodology. Original research of quality appropriate for publication in a first-tier national journal is expected.

Graduate School guidelines for announcing the defense are followed. Notice is given through postings, email, and listserv announcements. The defense lasts two hours.